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Safety Recommendation M-82-041
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Synopsis: ON APRIL 26, 1980, THE M/V CITATION WITH ITS TWO-BARGE TOW WAS SOUTHBOUND ON THE INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY, MORGAN CITY TO PORT ALLEN ALTERNATE ROUTE, EN ROUTE TO LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA. THE AMOCO 11 WAS THE LEAD BARGE OF THE INTEGRATED TOW, THE S2017 WAS SECURED BEHIND THE AMOCO 11, AND THE 850-HP CITATION WAS PUSHING AT THE STERN OF THE S2017. THE AMOCO 11 AND THE S2017 WERE CARRYING 16,000 BARRELS AND 18,000 BARRELS, RESPECTIVELY, OF CRUDE OIL. ABOUT 0320 WITH THE TOW SLIDING SIDEWAYS, THE BOW OF THE AMOCO 11 STRUCK A SUPPORT PILING OF THE EASTERN PART OF THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD BRIDGE. THE PILING AND THE ADJOINING SUPPORT STRUCTURE WERE DAMAGED, AND TWO SECTIONS OF RAILROAD TRACK WERE DESTROYED. THE STARBOARD STERN OF THE S2017 STRUCK THE PROTECTIVE DOLPHIN NEAR THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE RAILROAD BRIDGE LIFT SPAN, BUT ONLY MINOR DAMAGE RESULTED. THE CABLES AT THE PORT BOW OF THE CITATION BROKE, AND THE TOWBOAT SWUNG AROUND AND STRUCK THE S2017. THE CITATION'S STARBOARD SIDE, INCLUDING SOME HANDRAILS AND DOORS, WAS DAMAGED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE U.S. COAST GUARD: ESTABLISH A MINIMUM HORSEPOWER-TO-TOWLENGTH RATIO FOR DOWNBOUND TOWS CARRYING DANGEROUS CARGOES WHILE NAVIGATING THROUGH THE BERWICK BAY BRIDGES DURING HIGH WATER CONDITIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: River, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA78AM015
Accident Reports: ​Collision of M/V Stud with the Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge over the Atchafalaya River
Report #: None
Accident Date: 4/1/1978
Issue Date: 10/19/1982
Date Closed: 12/23/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 12/23/1993
Response: BECAUSE THE REGULATIONS AT 33 CFR 161.767 COMPLY WITH THE INTENDED ACTION, SAFETY RECOMMENDATION M-82-41 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 8/20/1993
Response: SEE BOARD REPLY BELOW

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 4/13/1987
Response:

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 3/31/1983
Response:

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 1/3/1983
Response: USCG LETTER: THE COAST GUARD CONCURS WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. IN THE BERWICK BAY VESSEL TRAFFIC SERVICE NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING, THE COAST GUARD HAS PROPOSED HORSEPOWER TO OVERALL LENGTH RATIOS FOR ALL TOWING VESSELS HAVING LESS THAN 3,000 HORSEPOWER WHEN TOWING DURING PERIODS OF HIGH WATER.